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Russia May Be Spying on NATO Soldiers Through Their Phones

Wall Street Journal reports on odd occurrences with the devices

(Newser) - Russia appears to be targeting NATO soldiers' personal smartphones in an effort to gain intelligence on military operations and troop strength, reports the Wall Street Journal . Though Russian officials deny such attacks, Western officials say they're sure Moscow is behind the odd things happening to phones because the hackers... More »

NATO Gen. on Russia's War Games: 'We Have to Be Worried'

Official says Russia is not being transparent about exercises

(Newser) - A senior NATO official says there's reason to be concerned about the large-scale Zapad 2017 military maneuvers being conducted now by Russia and Belarus, since they could be seen as "a serious preparation for big war." Gen. Petr Pavel, head of NATO's Military Committee, told the... More »

For First Time, NATO Stages War Games in Baltic 'Weak Spot'

Suwalki Gap is vulnerable due to geography

(Newser) - NATO has a weak spot along the Poland-Lithuania border, a 65-mile-long frontier in an area known as the Suwalki Gap that, if seized by Russia, would cut off not just Lithuania but Latvia and Estonia from the rest of the Western alliance. Over two days recently, the first large-scale NATO... More »

Montenegro Leader Not Troubled by Trump Shove

Trump had 'white-knuckled' handshake with Macron

(Newser) - It was a shove seen around the world: President Trump pushed aside Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic as NATO leaders prepared for a group photo at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels Thursday. Trump was criticized by news outlets in the Balkans and elsewhere, but Markovic himself shrugged it off,... More »

Trump Gets 'Chilly Reception' From European Leaders

The president criticized NATO allies directly during speech

(Newser) - President Trump chided NATO leaders to their faces Thursday for "chronic underpayments" to the organization, the New York Times reports. "Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," CNN quotes Trump as saying during the opening of a new NATO... More »

NATO Says Alliance Is Joining Anti-ISIS Coalition

Announcement made before Trump's summit appearance

(Newser) - NATO's chief confirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the international coalition fighting ISIS but will not wage direct war against the extremists—an announcement timed for President Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders. In the wake of this week's suicide bomb... More »

Trump: NATO Is 'No Longer Obsolete'

He reverses himself after meeting with alliance's leader

(Newser) - In one of several policy shifts Wednesday , President Trump cemented his change in posture toward NATO as he stood alongside the 28-nation military alliance's leader at the White House. As a candidate, Trump had dismissed NATO as "obsolete," saying the post-World War II organization wasn't focused... More »

Tillerson's Travel Plans Worry Allies in NATO

He's skipping an alliance meeting, will visit Moscow

(Newser) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's travel plans aren't sitting well with his counterparts in Europe. Tillerson will skip a NATO meeting early next month, the first time in more than a decade a secretary of state has done so, reports Reuters . On top of that, Tillerson will travel... More »

Wiretapping Joke Doesn't Help Tense Trump-Merkel Meeting

President says he and Merkel 'have something in common'

(Newser) - President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel held a joint press conference following a meeting Friday, and NPR reports it was "wide ranging and occasionally tense." That's no surprise, as Trump has previously called Merkel a "catastrophic leader" and accused her of "ruining Germany,"... More »

Pence Tells NATO Allies to Pay More for Defense

He says Russia will be 'held accountable' for Ukraine actions

(Newser) - Mike Pence promised NATO allies Saturday that they had the "unwavering" support of the US, while also making it clear that the administration considers most of them to be freeloaders. The vice president, speaking to European leaders at the Munich Security Conference, said European countries are failing to "... More »

Russia Has Reportedly Violated Major Nuke Treaty

It's 'testing' Trump, says John McCain

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain says Russia is "testing" President Trump by deploying an operational cruise missile in violation of a Cold War-era nuclear treaty. Officials tell the New York Times that Russia has two battalions of the cruise missile inside the country—one at an operational base and another at... More »

In a Slap at Russia, US Troops Head to Poland

It's the biggest American military presence in Europe since the Cold War

(Newser) - Europe is welcoming the largest US military deployment in the region since the Cold War. Some 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles, and 4,000 soldiers are expected to reach Poland in the coming days, with many already in place, before they're spread across Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania... More »

Obama Begins Final Foreign Visit

He promises 'significant continuity' on NATO

(Newser) - President Obama opened his final foreign trip as president Tuesday with reassuring words in Greece about the US commitment to NATO even as he prepares to hand off to a Donald Trump administration, saying Democratic and Republican administrations alike recognize the importance of the alliance to the trans-Atlantic relationship. Without... More »

2 Americans Dead in Shooting at Afghan Base

Shooter was wearing Afghan army uniform

(Newser) - A man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a US servicemember and an American civilian in the capital Kabul on Wednesday, NATO and an Afghan official say. A NATO statement says another US service member and two US civilians were wounded in the attack and were in a stable condition,... More »

Trump: Defending NATO Allies Is a Maybe

'We are going to take care of this country first'

(Newser) - If America's NATO allies find themselves under attack and in dire need of assistance, they can expect a solid "Maybe" from President Donald Trump. The GOP nominee, in an interview conducted Wednesday while he kept one eye on convention goings-on, told the New York Times that in the... More »

Russia: US Missile Defense Site in Romania a 'Direct Threat'

The US says defense site is meant to stifle threats from Iran, not Russia

(Newser) - A US missile defense site in Romania aimed at protecting Europe from ballistic missile threats went live Thursday, angering Russia, which opposes its presence in its former area of influence, the AP reports. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tried to reassure Russia as he spoke at a ceremony attended by... More »

Trump Names His 'Baffling' Foreign Policy Advisers

And says it's time to rethink NATO

(Newser) - The US needs to stop "nation building" around the world and focus on "taking care of ourselves," Donald Trump said in interviews with the Washington Post and CNN on Monday in which he questioned America's involvement in NATO. Some highlights:
  • NATO allies "have to put
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Russian PM Claims West Is Rekindling Cold War

NATO, US counter they're only responding to Russia's 'aggression'

(Newser) - Russia's prime minister accused NATO on Saturday of restarting the Cold War amid increased military maneuvers and troop deployments to countries neighboring Russia, moves the alliance's top official defended as a necessary response to aggression from Moscow, the AP reports. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told a meeting... More »

6 US Troops Killed in Afghan Suicide Attack

Taliban claims responsibility

(Newser) - Six American troops were killed Monday in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post , with three Afghan troops reportedly wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, which was the largest attack on foreign troops in Afghanistan since August. A US Army spokesman said it... More »

NATO Crosses Russia, Invites Tiny New Member

Russia considers Montenegro move 'confrontational'

(Newser) - Montenegro is smaller than Connecticut and it has far fewer people, but the former Yugoslav republic is now punching well above its weight in international relations. Despite Russia's objections, NATO invited the country to join the alliance on Wednesday, marking its first expansion since Albania and Croatia joined in... More »

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